Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nickel Quilts and Kids' Quilt Camp in June

Seven young girls, ages 7-12, participated in a Kids' Quilt Camp at Kelley's Pins & Needles, taught by Mary Nell Magee. Each girl was required to have a parent/grandparent with her, so there was always an adult to help in case the teacher was involved with someone else. The girls selected their own fabric and sewed the strips and joined the squares. Pictured above with their quilts are Destiny Golden, Kali Lodrigues, Harley Blanchard, Kayla Anastasio, and Hanisee's grandmother holding Hanisee's quilt. The girls are all eager to enter their quilts in the Youth Category of the Pine Belt Quilters show in October.
Our June program was by Mary Nell Magee on Pat Speth's Nickel Quilts. Mary Nell showed several examples of the scrappy quilts that can be made using Pat Speth's techniques or shortcuts. She encouraged quilters to add as much variety into their fabrics as they could for more interesting scrap quilts. There are many cuts ready to purchase, such as fat quarters, layer cakes, and charm packs. We can build our stash (or fabric inventory) by cutting ends from all the other fabrics we use for other purposes. These squares, strips, and rectangles will then be available for specific cuts needed in projects such as the Nickel Quilts.

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